1969 Corvette

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I love Corvettes.  I’ve had many, but the ’69 has always been my favorite and my first one.  I’ve owned the car for close to 30 years and drove it everyday for 15 of them.  After the frame rusted in half I took it off the road to complete my vision.  So, the term Resto-mod didn’t exist back then, but that is exactly what I wanted to too to the car.  I would always say “Why hasn’t anyone created this or that for these cars?”  Well, it took many many years, but they finally have.  At one point I had to manufacture my own distributor in order to keep the mechanical tach drive and utilize a 7-pin ignition module for the EFI while waiting for the industry to catch up.  Many said it couldn’t be done, but it can.  In fact, I have abandoned many ideas just to start new ones with the renewed interest in the car hobby.

I acquired the car from a friend of mine while we were both in the Navy.  His wife wasn’t to keen on selling it and my friend actually had to forge her name on the title because she refused!  I drove it from Chicago to San Francisco 3 months later and it took a week because it broke down every day!  It was quite the adventure.  Originally the car started out as a small block 350/350HP L46 4-speed car in Fathom green and saddle interior with absolutely no options.  When I bought it, it had been repainted in International blue and the interior changed to black vinyl.  It later saw fuel injection and has now evolved into a 525HP LS3 with a 4L85E automatic overdrive transmission from GM Performance Parts.  Other improvements are as follows:

Shaved door handles and locks – now uses remote door openers
Porsche amplified radio antenna moved to the roof
C6 Corvette badges on the front and rear
C7 Stingray emblems on the sides
American Autowire Highway 22 fuse block and harness kit
Re-located battery
Dynamite insulation in the entire cabin
80’s style GM side view mirrors
80’s style GM smoked glass t-top roof panels
Auto dimming rear view mirror with built in compass
Electric head lamp conversion
Electric wiper cowl door of my own design
Billet aluminum fuel filler door
LED lighting
Day-time running lamps
Kenwood head unit with hands free phone and bluetooth
2004 Corvette sport seats in custom blue leather to match interior
80’s style GM tilt-telescopic steering column with blue leather wrapped steering wheel
Cruise control utilizing the factory cruise turn stalk
Computer controlled gauges from Dakota Digital
Vintage Air A/C
Power windows
Power Brakes
Power Steering using a stock GM steering rack
VB&P competition Plus front and rear suspension with adjustable ride height and spring settings
VB&P off set trailing arms
Wilwood Corvette style brake calipers and aluminum master cylinder
R1 silver and zinc coated drilled and slotted brake rotors with ceramic pads
70’s style GM side mount exhaust
Custom fuel system of my own design
2014 Corvette Arctic White paint
1969 Bright Blue interior

and last, but not least

Intro Hauler Custom Wheels
Fronts: 17″ x 8″ with 4 1/2 back space and 245-45-17 Goodyear F1 all-season performance tires
Rears:  18″ x 9″ with 265-40-18 with 5” backspace and Goodyear F1 all-season performance tires

– John V.

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